Question about UltimateDefrag 2008

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Osaban, May 15, 2009.

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  1. Osaban

    Osaban Registered Member

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    Hi there,
    Whenever I start UD 2008 (open the GUI) I get a warning: "Boot optimize feature is turned on on your system. Do you want to turn it off?" I couldn't find in the help file anything referring to it. What's the right thing to do, yes or no?

    Thanks in advance for any explanations.
     

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  2. Isso

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    Osaban,

    There was a discussion about it on DefragExpress thread, I'm copying some info from it below:


    "Boot Time Optimize" is Windows feature that arranges the files as per layout.ini (this is a text file that contains a list of files that are mostly used). It does that operation when the computer is idle (you might notice HDD working when you leave your machine idle for a while). So this checkbox enlables/disables that feature. I found that Windows does very bad job trying to place those files. It leaves a number of free spaces and in fact destroys the intergiry of file layout. So I would highly recommend to disable it.
    Instead you can use Respect Layout.ini option of UltimateDefrag.
     
  3. crofttk

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    I'm confused - why is this dialog occurring at all in UD 2008 as opposed to DefragExpress?
     
  4. prius04

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    I'm sure Isso will provide a definitive answer but it sounds to me as if Boot Optimize is turned off by default (i.e. you have to enable it in DefragExpress). o_O
     
  5. Isso

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    crofttk,

    DefragExpress pops up similar dialog box too - when you open the Settings pane. It just does that only once. For UD it's more important to have Boot optimize off - because UD is intended for advanced file placement and Boot optimize function often destroys the file layouts created by UD.

    prius04,

    Boot optimize is turned on by default for a fresh install of OS.
     
  6. prius04

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    Yes, I understood that, Isso. I was just thinking perhaps DefragExpress turned off boot optimize upon installation (thus requiring it to be re-enabled from within the s/w).
     
  7. Isso

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    No, DefragExpress doesn't change that setting - it just reads it and displays as it is.
     
  8. crofttk

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    OK, thanks. I think I must have disabled it with PerfectDisk prior to installing UD 2008 OR I simply forgot that the dialogue occurred! I understand the concepts involved here but thought it should only come up for DE and not UD 2008.
     
  9. Osaban

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    Thanks, I'll follow your advice, sounds like less activity for the drive in the long run.
     
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